Against the ‘rule of 6’

11 September 2020 — The Manifesto Club

Against the ‘rule of 6′ – or 8, or 10…

“Time after time, statutory instruments have been issued specifying the exact combinations in which people may meet. These aren’t voted for in parliament and the law hasn’t even been published yet. It is futile to debate whether group size should be 8, or whether children should not be counted. Instead, we need an end to these dodgy decrees specifying the exact contours of social life.” Read on…

Covid Marshals – The latest yellow-jacketed busybody

“There are thousands of yellow-jacketed busybodies absolutely primed for this role. Over the past 10-20 years, we have seen the rise of the officious warden, whose job is to interfere in whatever people are doing, and to break up groups. Meddling in social life has always been the subtext of these officials’ job description. Now, with Covid social distancing, it can become their actual job. And we really, really do not want them to be given actual fining powers.” Read on…

After 10k fine for protesting, is the right of association dead?

“In effect, the police are now in the position where they can issue a hefty fine to any gathering they want. Meanwhile, local government and the health minister have powers to ban or give instructions to any demonstration. While this is the case, we in effect have no right of free speech or free association.” Read on…

Josie Appleton
director, Manifesto Club

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